Yakuza Zero is set in December of 1988, and will take place in Tokyo’s fictional Kamurocho and Osaka’s fictional Soutenburi districts. The magazine report also mentions that the Kamurocho will be cooler than ever.
The protagonist is a 20-year old Kazuma Kiryu, at a time when he was a youth that worked part-time as a debt collector for the Tojo Clan. The other protagonist is Goro Majima, when he was 24-years old and made a cabaret club the most popular in Soutenburi before it closed down.
While the report doesn’t get into specific details, it indicates that many characters from the first Yakuza game will appear in Yakuza Zero, and towards the end of the game, the story will also connect between the two titles.
Yakuza Zero is currently in development for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Note: Image from Yakuza 5.